As a dynamic group of engaged and informed alumni, the alumni UBC Advisory Council provides advice and counsel to the alumni UBC Board and the AVP, Alumni/Executive Director, Alumni Association. The Council is also available as a unique group for consultation by university leaders on key UBC developments and opportunities. Council members:
- Advise on emerging strategies for engaging UBC alumni
- Participate in active dialogues around university issues and opportunities
- Communicate to, and share feedback from, their alumni constituencies and peer groups
- Bring leadership and expertise to committees and special work teams of the Board as requested
- Serve as passionate ambassadors and advocates for UBC and alumni UBC
Rahim Moloo, LLB’05 – Co-Chair, alumni UBC Advisory Council; Alumni at Large
Rahim Moloo is of counsel in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and is a member of Gibson Dunn’s International Arbitration Practice Group. Rahim is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School, where he teaches an advanced course on international arbitration, and co-chair of the American Branch of the International Law Association’s Committee on Disputes Involving States.
Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Moloo was a member of the arbitration teams at two global law firms with leading international arbitration practices in DC and New York, and as the General Counsel of an international organization. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Center for International Law at the University of Cambridge, a Senior Fellow at the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment, and chair of the American Society of International Law’s Private International Law Interest Group. He is a recipient of alumni UBC’s Outstanding Young Alumnus award.
Faye Wightman, BSc’81(Nursing) – Co-Chair, alumni UBC Advisory Council; Chair, alumni UBC Board of Directors
Connie Fair, BCom’84, MBA’88 – Vice-Chair, Sauder School of Business
Connie Fair is the President and CEO of the Land Title and Survey Authority of BC (LTSA). She has a BComm and MBA from UBC and recently obtained the designation of CPA, CMA.
Connie joined the LTSA from the role of President and CEO of BC Assessment, where she helped that organization earn a reputation as one of the world’s leaders in property assessment. Prior to joining BC Assessment, Connie worked as a real estate consultant, and was the Associate Director of the Real Estate Division within the UBC’s Sauder School of Business. Administration.
Connie is a member of the Real Estate Institute of Canada and was awarded a honorary designation with the Appraisal Institute of Canada to recognize her work within the professional appraisal community. In 2012, she earned her designation as an Institute-Certified Director through the Institute of Corporate Directors and currently serves on the Board of the International Women’s Forum, Vancouver. In 2012, Connie was also named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the WXN.
An accomplished author and speaker, Connie is recognized internationally as an expert in property assessment, and innovative application of technology in property valuation as well as a leader of organizational change initiatives.
Iggy Chong, BCom’82 – Regional Markets Hong Kong
Ignatius KK (Iggy) Chong is Managing Director for the Greater China market at RBC Wealth Management in Hong Kong. Prior to RBC Wealth Management, Iggy held a number of senior roles at Coutts, which he joined in 1994, including Hong Kong Market Head, North Asia Head and Chair of the Family Business and Philanthropy division. Before working at Coutts, Iggy’s career in financial services began with RBC, where he supported the launch of RBC Private Banking Asia in 1990.
Born in Singapore, Iggy moved to Canada in 1977 and graduated in 1982 from UBC with a degree in finance. He obtained his CFA designation in 1996, and is a fellow member of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (FICB).
Michelle Collens, BA’02 – Department of Athletics
A proud UBC alumna who played varsity volleyball for the Thunderbirds, Michelle Collens has made a career of her passion for sport. Focused in the area of sport hosting, Michelle has held positions with UBC Athletics, Sport Kelowna, 2010 Legacies Now and BC PavCo. Michelle is currently the manager of Sport Hosting with the City of Vancouver, working closely with all levels of government, tourism partners, and community organizations to develop a sport hosting strategic plan that focuses on economic and social development.
Michelle has a deep belief in the value of sport as a tool for change and social impact, and is committed to sharing this passion with her community. She is actively involved on the boards of KidSport Vancouver, the First Tee of Greater Vancouver, British Columbia Golf and, most recently, was appointed the assistant Chef de Mission for Team BC with the 2017 Canada Winter Games.
Dustin Cook, BA’01, MA’02 – Alumni at Large
Dustin holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the University of British Columbia and has served on Alumni UBC’s Finance and Audit Committee since 2008. He has spent the past thirteen years working in the Wealth Management industry, including over a decade with RBC. Dustin has achieved the Certified International Wealth Manager, Chartered Investment Manager, Financial Management Advisor, and Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute professional designations. He currently manages the Dustin Cook Advisory Group with RBC Dominion Securities and is an Associate Portfolio Manager and Wealth Advisor.
Dustin regularly fundraises for charities and is an avid supporter of Big Brothers Greater Vancouver. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, pursuing outdoor activities, restoring antique tools, and woodworking.
Kenneth Craig, MA’60 – Alumni at Large
Ken Craig is a professor emeritus in UBC’s Department of Psychology. His earlier roles at UBC include associate dean of Graduate Studies, director of the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology, and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. His less formal involvement ranges from playing football for the Thunderbirds to serving as president of the UBC Association of Professors Emeriti.
Ken completed a master’s degree in psychology at UBC and a PhD at Purdue University, before becoming a UBC faculty member in 1963. Presently funded by CIHR and the US National Institutes of Health, his research seeks a better understanding and control of pain, focusing upon infants and children and other populations with communication limitations. He has published more than 200 research papers and 10 books.
Awards he has received as an educator include the UBC Killam Prize for Excellence in Teaching and the Canadian Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training. Research awards have included status as a CIHR Senior Investigator, the Canada Council Killam Research Fellowship, and a number of distinguished career awards. He has served as president of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Canadian Pain Society and presently is editor-in-chief of Pain Research & Management.
Jeevyn Dhaliwal, LLB’97 – Alumni at Large
Jeevyn Dhaliwal is a lawyer with the firm Larlee Rosenberg, an immigration boutique located in downtown Vancouver. Jeevyn served as elected bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia for the 2014-2015 term, and has again been elected to do so in 2017. Jeevyn’s committee work includes having served as vice-chair of both the Discipline and Act and Rules Committees.
Maninder Dhaliwal, MASc’02 – Alumni at Large
Maninder is the executive director of Tradeworks, a downtown eastside social enterprise empowering inner city women and youth to pursue careers in skilled trades. Maninder currently serves on the board of directors at Vancouver Board of Trade and Ballet BC. She was nominated for a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award and in 2013 was recognized as one of Business in Vancouver magazine’s “40 under 40” top business achievers. She graduated from UBC with a master’s degree in electrical engineering and attended Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program.
Dianne Doyle, MSN’81 – Alumni at Large
Dianne is president and chief executive officer of Providence Health Care and a fellow of the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Dianne is active in her community, supporting many non-profit groups with her time and expertise and currently serves on the UBC Alumni Achievement Awards Committee.
Anna Fung, LLB’84 – Peter A. Allard School of Law
Anna has practiced law in British Columbia for more than 25 years, focusing on Corporate/Commercial Law, Aboriginal rights litigation and Administrative Law. In 2007, she received a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award.
Jennifer Gardy, BSc’00 – Faculty of Medicine
Jennifer Gardy is both a scientist and a science communicator. As an assistant professor in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC, she holds a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Public Health Genomics. Situated at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, her lab uses microbial genomics, phylogenetics, and bioinformatics to understand the transmission and epidemiology of infectious diseases, including tuberculosis, influenza, and measles. Her group was the first to use genome sequencing to reconstruct a large outbreak of tuberculosis, and she is continuing to apply this novel technique to other outbreak scenarios. Jennifer is also involved in other genomics-related research, including metagenomic surveys of human and environmental samples.
Outside of academia, Jennifer works in science communication. She’s hosted an eight-part science series for CBC Television, multiple episodes of CBC’s long-running documentary series The Nature of Things, and is a regular guest host on Discovery Channel Canada’s flagship science newsmagazine, Daily Planet. She’s also blogged and written for Canadian newspaper The Globe & Mail, recently published a children’s book called It’s Catching! The Infectious World of Germs and Microbes, and runs a series of workshops for grad students and postdocs on how to communicate science effectively.
Alexa Geddes, BSc’14 – Faculty of Science (Okanagan Campus)
Alexa Geddes graduated from UBC’s Okanagan campus with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biology and Psychology. During her time at UBC, Alexa was involved in the campus community through research projects, serving as a member of the Okanagan Senate, and by founding UBCO’s Peer Support Network. In September 2014, she began medical school at UBC’s Vancouver campus.
Blake Hanacek, BSc’03 – Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Blake Hanacek is the founder and CEO of AGRO Café Inc., a Vancouver-based coffee importer, roaster, and retailer. He is also co-founder of AGRODEV (Agricultural Growers Resource Organization Developing Economic Viability) a Kenyan-based NGO. Blake spends his time working with companies and NGOs to help educate consumers and producers on sustainable rural development. He presents to coffee farmers and consumers around the world on resource economics.
Blake was born in Vancouver and holds a Bachelor of Science in global resource systems from the Faculty of Agricultural Science at UBC. He also holds a master’s in watershed management from the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at UBC. Blake has studied and worked in Canada, Sweden, Japan, Uganda, Kenya, Costa Rica, Mexico and the USA.
Nelson Jatel, BSc’98, MA’14 – Regional Markets Okanagan
Nelson Jatel is passionate about water. He works with the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s Okanagan Water Stewardship Council to develop practical solutions that reflect the best available science, innovative policy and consensus approaches. Nelson has a background in freshwater science, a master’s degree in water governance, and was previously the executive director of the Okanagan Partnership – a business-led non-profit focused on collaboration and identifying practical “small solutions” to support a globally competitive Okanagan.
Nelson teaches applied water law at Okanagan College. In addition to working with Okanagan water and managing the council, Nelson practices Social Network Analysis with clients to help make “invisible” networks visible (www.limnology.ca), applying communication and policy tools to support collaborative learning and improving organizational governance.
In his spare time, Nelson enjoys outdoor activities, sports, and local food and wine, and he helps manage the family vineyard in Naramata.
Adam Legge, BCom’97 – Regional Markets Calgary
Adam is president and CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and was previously the vice president and chief economist with Calgary Economic Development. He sits on the board of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, and the World Chamber Federation. He is active as a volunteer with a number of formal and informal organizations in Calgary.
Sunny Leung, BSc’00 – Faculty of Science
Sunny Leung is the Chief Development Officer at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation, one of the largest social service agencies in BC providing immigrant support in the areas of settlement services, family and senior care, and housing. Prior to joining, Sunny was a Director of Philanthropy at BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, overseeing their annual Miracle Weekend telethon as well as leading their sponsorship and Chinese community fundraising effort.
Sunny has also been involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals since 2010, serving on their Diversity committee and participating as a panel speaker and moderator in two of their Diversity luncheons. He is now volunteering with the Association’s mentorship program, giving back to the community while helping to develop and mentor other fundraising professionals.
Juanita Lohmeyer, BSc’00 – Faculty of Science
Juanita Lohmeyer is an award-winning Transformational Change Leader best known for her stellar track record in leading large-scale transformation into organizations.
Lohmeyer specializes in strategy development with an execution bias, organizational transformation and complex change initiatives. She has held senior positions at BCAA, ICBC, TELUS and T-Mobile Germany.
She holds a Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University and Cornell University with Distinction, where she is now a global business advisor for the executive program. Her undergraduate degree is a B.Sc. in Computer Science. To round out her education she is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA), where she currently is a session leader, and Project Management Professional (PMP).
Lohmeyer was proudly named the winner of “The Next Generation Leadership” at the Government Technology Exhibition and Conference (GTEC) Distinction Awards. She was also honoured as a “Top 40 under Forty” for leaders within the Vancouver Business Community.
Lohmeyer also loves to give back and has a long record of service to disadvantaged communities in Canada and abroad. Her practical, business-based approach to creating workable solutions for providing healthcare, alleviating poverty, and empowering communities led to her being recognized as the winner of the 2013 Volunteer Leadership UBC Alumni Achievement Award.
Rachael L’Orsa, BASc’10, BA’11 – Recent Graduate
Rachael L’Orsa graduated from UBC with degrees in both Arts and Engineering, and is now a graduate student at the University of Calgary. She is affiliated with Project neuroArm’s Surgical Performance Laboratory at the Foothills Medical Centre, where she researches adaptive control software for telesurgical robots. She is passionate about youth robotics, organizing free workshops for children and mentoring an all-girls high school robotics team. Rachael maintains a Primary Care Paramedic license with the BC Ambulance Service, and spends summers with the BC Forest Service fighting wildfires.
Laura Mandelbaum, BA’08 – UBC-O Faculties
Laura Mandelbaum is originally from Buenos Aires, and studied International Relations at UBC before moving to Toronto to complete two graduate degrees at the University of Toronto, one in Medical Anthropology and one in Public Policy. Her passion for social justice led her to work on various health equity research projects in Toronto focused on food security for new immigrants as well as community based youth programming. Throughout her career, Laura has worked at the Wellesley Institute, SickKids, and the Ontario Ministry for Citizenship, Immigration, and International Trade (MCIIT). Most recently, she has learnt about municipal policy making and social housing first hand through her role in the Strategic Planning and Stakeholder Relations Division at Toronto Community Housing, and she currently works as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth. Laura is on the Board of Directors at Sojourn House and the Toronto UBC Alumni Leadership Council, which give her an opportunity to be meaningfully involved both in the community she lives and where she used to study.
John W McArthur, BA’96 – Alumni at Large
John McArthur is an optimist and economist focused on interconnected global issues of prosperity, poverty reduction, health, sustainability and cross-border collaboration. He is a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution and a senior adviser on sustainable development to the UN Foundation. At UBC he studied political science with international relations and was captain of the varsity swim team. Past professional roles include deputy director of the UN Millennium Project, CEO of Millennium Promise, faculty member at Columbia University, and chair of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Councils.
Scott McLeman, BSc’98, LLB’04 – Department of Athletics
Scott McLeman is a partner practising in Gowlings’ Calgary office in the area of business law with an emphasis on financial services, real estate and diversified lending. He has extensive experience in secured transactions for lenders and borrowers, M&A, sales of private businesses, corporate governance (incorporation, reorganization and dissolution of companies and advice to shareholders, officers and directors) as well as commercial real estate acquisitions and sales.
Prior to joining Gowlings, Scott was a partner at the Calgary office of another national law firm. In 2010, Scott completed an in-house secondment with the syndicate group of one of the world’s largest banking and financial services. His community involvement includes the roles of Trustee, Canadian Athletic Foundation; Director, Calgary French and International School (“CFIS”); Coach at CFIS (basketball and volleyball); Director, Wood’s Homes Foundation; and Director, Hong Kong – Canada Business Association.
Ian McDougall, BASc’97 – Faculty of Applied Science
Ian McDougall is COO of Aegis Medical Innovations. Aegis has been in business for 10 years, developing and commercializing a cardiology implant/system that reduces the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, thus eliminating the patient’s need for taking blood thinning pharmaceutics. Ian has worked in the medical device Industry for 20 years and has been involved in several medical device company start-ups. In 2006 he was named one of BC’s top 40 business leaders under the age of 40. Ian graduated from UBC with an applied science degree in mechanical engineering.
Grace Mok, BA’02, DAP’03 – Faculty of Arts
Grace Mok received her Bachelor of Arts (economics) in 2002 and a Diploma in Accounting from the Sauder School of Business in 2003. She articled with Ernst & Young LLP and obtained her Chartered Accountant designation. She is currently a finance manager with BC Hydro, specializing in financial policies, internal controls and compliance. Her work involves a varied portfolio from business process improvement to financial policy review and revision to internal controls reporting.
Grace believes in fostering an enhanced learning experience for post-secondary students through student mentorship programs. For a number of years, she has been a mentor with the Vancouver Board of Trade’s Leaders of Tomorrow Program, and was named Rookie Mentor of the Year by the program in 2012. She was also a mentor with the UBC Arts Alumni Tri-Mentoring Program and has also recently served on the Sauder Business Club Executive Board.
Outside of work and her community involvement, Grace is an avid yoga practitioner. She enjoys travelling and has lived in Hong Kong, the UK and Toronto. With her husband and her dog, she is now happy to call Vancouver home.
Thomas Edward O’Brien, BASc’70, MASc’73, DMD’78 – Faculty of Dentistry
Ed has lectured extensively around the province, including at UBC, and ran a helpline on employment issues in dentistry aimed at dentists and their staff. He still lectures two to four times a year, and is a tutor in ethics at the UBC Faculty of Dentistry. As a student, Ed was one of the first student representatives on the UBC senate and served as president of the Dental Undergraduate Society.
He has served on a number of professional boards and committees, including a term as president of the BC Dental Association, and has received numerous accolades for his service to dentistry. He is currently regent for the BC Chapter of the Canadian Section of the International College of Dentists. Ed was also a volunteer dentist at BC Children’s Hospital for 30 years.
Beyond dentistry, Ed served for several years on the boards of a non-profit care centre and a non-profit seniors housing society. Ed has also been an active volunteer with youth programs and was a scout leader for 32 years. He initiated the Catching the Spirit youth program, raising $450,000 to run it for the first six years, securing free use of regional parks for group camping, and overseeing every detail involved in setting up such a venture. He received the Mayor’s Award in recognition of his efforts.
Ed is married to UBC alumna Robin Karen O’Brien (BSc’68, BSc’79, PhD’96).
Kekinusuqs, Judith Sayers, LLB’81 – Regional Markets Victoria
Judith Sayers is a strategic adviser to First Nations and corporations, providing advice on many issues including relationship building and negotiating equitable agreements. She is an adjunct professor with the school of business at the University of Victoria, and has also been the visiting national Aboriginal economic development chair and an assistant professor at UVic’s Faculty of Business and Law.
Judith served 14 years as chief of the Hupacasath First Nation, focusing on capacity building and sustainable development. She was instrumental in several sustainable development projects and put in place mechanisms to help protect the territory. Judith serves as co-chair on the Island Corridor Foundation, a joint venture between Regional Districts and First Nations that own the rail line on Vancouver Island. She is on the boards of the New Relationship Trust Foundation and Clean Energy BC.
Judith has been the recipient of the Bora Laskin Fellowship on Human Rights, a finalist for the Buffet award for indigenous leadership, and has twice received a Woman of Distinction award from the Alberni Chamber of Commerce. She has received a Silver Award from the Canadian Environmental Association for Climate Change. In 2009, the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business inducted her into the Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame.
Bob Sukhwinder Singh Rai, BSc’91, BSc(Pharm)’95 – Faculty of Pharmacy
Bob Rai graduated from UBC with a BSc in Biochemistry in 1991 and a BSc in Pharmacy in 1995. He is a pharmacist and an entrepreneur with 18 years of experience operating a string of Medicine Shoppe pharmacy outlets in Greater Vancouver.
His pharmacies are the first in Canada to launch two pilot programs. The first is conducting Point of Care HIV tests. The second is in partnership with the Kidney Foundation of Canada to screen for Chronic Kidney Disease using HealthTab technology. Both pilots are government-funded and will help expand the scope of practice for the pharmacy profession.
As president of the Philippines–Canada Trade Council (PCTC), 2006-2007, Bob led a successful trade mission to Manila with endorsements from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, David Emerson (then Minister of International Trade), and Gordon Campbell (then BC Premier).
A prominent local business figure, he has been involved with the Victoria Drive Business Improvement Association since 1999. He has also taken on leadership roles for the South Hill (Fraser St.) Business Association, the South Vancouver Neighborhood House, Tapestry Foundation, Venturi Ventures Inc., and the Rotary Club of Vancouver, Fraserview. He is a Paul Harris Fellow.
Bob is involved in extensive charitable activities that have benefited, among many others, the BC Children’s Hospital, the Canada-India Centre at Carleton University, BC Mental Health & Addiction Services, and the British Columbia Regiment. PharmacyBC.com/The Medicine Shoppe’s Golf for a Cure has raised more than $125,000 over the past five years. He is a proud recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Hao Shi, MSc’96 – Alumni at Large
In 2009, Hao was appointed deputy GM for the investment banking department of the Agricultural Bank of China. He is currently spearheading the bank’s Canadian establishment as the chief representative for Canada.
Jeff Todd – Executive Director, alumni UBC / Associate Vice President, Alumni
Jason Tse, BA’92 – Faculty of Arts
Jason Tse is an air service and economic development professional with a hybrid of experience and education in finance and marketing. Jason joined his present position with HQ Vancouver in February of 2015 as Director of Business Development on a secondment basis from YVR. In his current role at HQ Vancouver he promotes Vancouver and BC as a place for global business in partnership with other key government and community partners. Jason was previously with YVR for over 15 years initially joining the company in Corporate Finance and then migrating to his most recent position in Air Service Development where he encouraged airlines to establish or increase their capacity to Vancouver.
Jason holds an MBA from the University of Saskatchewan, a BA in Economics from UBC and holds both the Canadian Investment Manager and Chartered Financial Analyst designations. He has held previous board positions with the Hong Kong Canada Business Association, Tourism Richmond, the Richmond Museum Society and the Council for the Americas. In his current role, he has been working very closely with UBC in several respects. Firstly, to outreach to alumni so that they can be champions for corporate office establishment in Vancouver and to incorporate the strength of education at UBC as a key part of the talent ecosystem and value proposition to prospective companies. In addition, he has been working closely with the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) to encourage companies to conduct joint research and become part of their incubation hub.
Jason has championed the cause for hiring interns and fresh graduates at YVR and has brought on a host interns from both UBC and other schools to the airport over the last decade. He has been a Golden Key Tri Mentor and Arts Tri-mentor and has been working closely with the Vancouver School of Economics over the last several years to develop their Advisory Board and outreach into the corporate community.
Graham Twyford-Miles, BA’01 – Recent Graduate
Graham is an associate with Stantec’s Community Development practice, and leads the firm’s Vancouver-based Sustainable Solutions team. Graham specializes in sustainable urban development and green building consulting, and has developed sustainability strategies and master plans for mixed-use, institutional, and health care development projects in BC, Alberta, and Ontario.
Prior to joining Stantec, Graham worked in planning and project management roles at TransLink and UBC Campus & Community Planning. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the Canada Green Building Council Technical Advisory Group for Sites and Water. He is also a member of the UBC Alumni Centre Building Committee, and an active member of the Vancouver Rowing Club.
Tim Woolstencroft, BA’78 – Regional Markets Toronto
Tim has been in the market-research field for more than 22 years. As one of the founding partners of The Strategic Counsel, his research experience spans both public and private sectors, particularly the financial services, government, and telecommunications sectors. He has undertaken long-term comprehensive brand positioning and tracking for clients, as well a number of behavior-based and market-segmentation studies, and typically conducts more than 200 focus groups a year. Next to public affairs, travel is Tim’s other abiding interest. With three boys, in grades 3, 5 and 7, he and his family are just returning to their long-standing interest in seeing the world